The Rocketeer,

Minute 009: Time to Get a Real Job

May 04, 2017

Guest: Billy Campbell

Best known for his television roles as Rick Sammler on Once and Again, as Det. Joey Indelli on Crime Story, as Jordan Collier on The 4400, and as Dr. Jon Fielding on the Tales of the City miniseries. He is also known for his recurring role as Luke Fuller in Dynasty which was his first prominent role. His most notable films include Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Enough. He portrayed Darren Richmond on the AMC television series The Killing, and played Dr. Alan Farragut in the SyFy series Helix.

And he was the title character in a little film called The Rocketeer.


Cliff and Peevy survey the wrecked Gee Bee. Frustrated, Cliff peels off his aviator cap and hurls it to the ground. Peevy sighs, raises his arms and says, “Well, that’s the end of that.”

Meanwhile, FBI Agent Fitch watches as his wrecked car is about to be towed away. “Alright,” he says, “Get it out of here.” He’s joined by FBI Agent Wooly, who is having an animated discussion with Peevy as Cliff, Goose, and Skeets listen.

“Wait a minute here!” yells Peevy. “You chase a couple of two-bit crooks across our runway, crash into my pilot, and it’s OUR fault?”

“No offense, Pops,” says Wooly, “but we’ve got more important things to do than get all sweaty about whose fault it was.”

“Listen here, buddy, ” says Peevy, “Building that plane took three years of our lives, and every damn cent we had!”

“Go file a claim with Uncle Sam,” says Fitch. “Who knows? You could get lucky.”

Cliff puts his hand on Fitch’s shoulder. “Yeah, and what – – wait six months? A year? We made a living with that plane!”

Fitch looks at Cliff. “Well, maybe it’s time to get a real job!” says Fitch. He turns to walk away. Cliff grabs Fitch by his suit jacket and lays a right hook into Fitch’s nose.  Fitch returns the punch to Cliff.  Goose grabs Cliff as Wooly grabs Fitch to end the fight.

“Whoa, whoa,” says Wooly.

“You got that one free, kid!” says Fitch. “One more like that one, you’ll be eating soft food for a month!”

Fitch turns to Wooly. “That fly boy hangs one on my kisser, and you let him waltz?”

“Maybe you had it coming,” replies Wooly. Fitch looks at Wooly, and says nothing.

In This Minute

William Sanderson as Skeets
Don Pugsley as Goose
Eddie Jones as Malcolm
Alan Arkin as Peevy
Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord
Max Grodénchik as Wilmer
Ed Lauter as Fitch
James Handy as Wooly



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